Selected pics from our trips, hikes and photography impulses

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A Haveli in Traditional Design in Nawalgarh- Shekhawati Region, Nawalgarh

Haveli in Navalgarh, Rajasthan



Haveli in Navalgarh, Rajasthan

Haveli in Navalgarh, Rajasthan


This was taken a few years ago, while on a visit to Pilani. Note the blue and yellow colors – that can be interpreted as either giving color to the otherwise plaid looking haveli….or ugly spots inflicted on our cultural heritage by people and system that fails to recognize the importance of preserving it!.

On a side note, I lived in Nawalgarh for the first 3-4 years of my life. Thought I had vague memories, but weirdly, even if I had any…they seem to be juxtaposed on my more recent memories. Or is it the other way round? ūüôā

My parents were so excited that I was going to visit the place! It’s such a wonder- they live just about 4 hours from this place…can visit it any time, but would rather get nostalgic about the time they spent 30 years ago in these areas! I wonder if it’s the lack of enthu, the lack of decisive action or a need to preserve your financial resources and not spend them on fanciful trips..that stops them from visiting these places!




Statue of St. John of Nepomuk on Charles Bridge on River Vltava, Prague

Silhouette of Charles Bridge in Prague

Silhouette Photography is a great way to capture the colors of the sky. They are mostly taken during sunset or sunrise.

Here are some tips to taking interesting silhouettes  pics that I have picked up over the years and now sharing with anyone who might be interested:

Choose a good subject

Remember that the details in the subject will be lost and so you want to make sure that the subject has a strong distinctive outline. The fact that the details will be lost is great when the subject has a lot of distracting colors.

Point at the Sun

Point the camera towards the sun. When you do this, the light from the sun is illuminating the other side of your subject and you are shooting the side of the subject which is dark.

For Manual Camera Users

Meter for the subject and underexpose the photograph by a few stops. This will ensure that the subject is dark and also gives you the most colors in the sky. You could also choose to just meter for the sky itself.

For Automatic Camera Users

Most modern point and shoots let you set the exposure on your camera.. you’ll probably see this as +/- EV setting. Set this to -3 EV if possible. The other way to ensure you get the exposure you want is to point the camera towards the sky, half click the shutter release button. When you half click the shutter release button, the camera takes a meter reading and adjusts the camera to expose for the sky. Now, while keeping the shutter release half clicked, point the camera to the subject. Once you’ve framed the subject you wanted, you can press the button completely to take the picture.